Dress for Success empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing confidence, clothing, and career tools to help women thrive in work and in life. Most of the women served are single mothers who focus all their time & energy on their children. They often sacrifice their personal comfort so their children have better lives.
The suiting program provides professional attire for interviews and a working wardrobe once a woman is employed. Dress for Success strives to provide all tools necessary for a woman to be successful at work. Unfortunately, our funding has dwindled quickly for specialty clothing as the need has grown.
We want women to work within careers instead of dead-end jobs. Lately, we have been focusing on development and doing more work within our Career Center to help women determine what field is the best fit. Many have gotten CNA certified and need specifically colored scrubs and sometimes even stethoscopes when they're hired at hospitals. Others have gone to trade schools for culinary arts or construction management and need non-slip shoes, chef uniforms, steel-toed boots, or tools.
Not only does Dress for Success provide physical tools to succeed at work, educational tools are also provided. The Career Center provides assistance with all aspects of the job search including resume creation/critique & mock interviews. Monthly workshops help women acclimate to corporate culture, market themselves online, network, and address other pertinent topics to the recently hired.
The Mentoring Program offers clients an introduction to creating and maintaining professional relationships. Professional women in the area are intermingled with past clients in a social environment that focuses on team building activities and outings. This outlet provides the perfect setting for organic relationships to form where mentors can provide ongoing support and advice to past clients which help women increase employment retention and promotions.
Funded by Cass Clay (September 2017)